Prevention

Touchstone Health Services strives to provide an array of evidence-based curricula to address teen pregnancy, healthy relationships, substance abuse prevention, and improve communication amongst parents and youth. Below is the current comprehensive list of programs Touchstone offers.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP)

Our TPPP program addresses the growing need for awareness and education on teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. TPPP’s goal is to reach over 2000 youth a year in the areas of Maryvale, Tolleson, Goodyear and Avondale with an evidence- based teen pregnancy prevention curriculum. We also implement evidence-based parenting curricula to reach 250 parents a year to assist with communication, appropriate discipline, and the importance of parent child interaction.

Making Proud Choices! is an evidenced-based sexual health curriculum designed to help teens understand behaviors that put them at risk for pregnancy, HIV and other STDs, and to empower teens to reduce this risk through healthy decision-making. The goal of Making Proud Choices! is to empower youth to change their behavior in ways that will reduce their risk of an unplanned pregnancy or becoming infected with HIV and other STIs. Specifically, this curriculum emphasizes that adolescents can reduce their risk for STIs, HIV, and pregnancy by using a condom if they choose to have sex.

Draw the Line/ Respect the Line is a 3-year evidence-based curriculum that promotes abstinence by providing students in grades 6, 7 and 8 with the knowledge and skills to prevent HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy. Using an interactive approach, the program shows students how to set personal limits and meet challenges to those limits. Lessons also include the importance of respecting others’ personal limits.

Active Parenting of Teens is an evidence based curriculum where parents learn various methods to improve communication and help families thrive. The program contains educational videos, group discussion, and interactive activities. This is an all-day workshop that cover topics such as, responsibility and discipline, building courage and redirecting misbehavior, and much more.

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ® is an evidence based parenting and family support system designed to prevent – as well as treat – behavioral and emotional problems in children and teenagers. It aims to prevent problems in the family, school and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realize their potential.

The CARE Coalition is a group of collaborating community members, youth, local agencies, schools, and other invested individuals that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of adolescents in the West Valley. The mission of the CARE Coalition is to unite, inform, and empower the community to make a positive impact on youth in the West Valley through collaborative planning and action, and foster a community that is informed, caring, and driven to ensure youth well-being. www.carecoalitionaz.org

Funding: This program is currently grant funded through the Office of Adolescent Health through 6/30/20.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Capacity Building Assistance

We are subcontracted through Maricopa County’s Department of Public Health (MCDPH) to provide technical assistance on replicating and implementing teen pregnancy prevention evidence-based curriculum to community partners, we collaborate with MCDPH to build the capacity of community organizations and schools in the county to realize their own successful implementation and sustainability of teen pregnancy prevention programs.

Project AWARE

Our program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and designed to improve the quality of life for youth between the ages of 12 and 18 in the Southwest Valley of Metropolitan Phoenix, through the deployment of a core group of individuals trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).  YMHFA educates those who interact with youth on signs and symptoms of mental health problems, the importance of early intervention and how to help youth who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal is to train over 600 individuals in the community, schools and other providers in the service area to improve the mental health awareness and connection to resources in the community.

Healthy Relationships Program

Touchstone’s Healthy Relationships Program aims to reduce and prevent teen dating violence in the Avondale community by increasing awareness, providing education, and linking youth to resources. Under this grant, Touchstone implements an evidence-based program with individuals using the Safe Dates curriculum. Touchstone staff provides training for adults on warning signs and how to intervene with youth when necessary. We also disseminate educational media campaigns through the West Valley View, Facebook, Instagram, etc., that are aimed at both the Avondale community as well as other communities within the West Valley. This grant is funded by the City of Avondale Contributions Assistance Program.

Drug Education and Prevention

Touchstone’s Drug Education and Prevention grant targets youth (ages 10-19) and adults caring for youth in the Southwest Phoenix Valley, which includes Avondale, Tolleson, and Goodyear. This program utilizes a multi-faceted approach to address youth substance use by incorporating substance use education for youth and caretakers (Rx 360), family-based substance use education (Families in Action), and community awareness (CARE Coalition & public awareness campaign).

The programs three goals include:

  1. Increase caregiver and youth anti-drug use attitudes and perception of risk/harm of abusing alcohol and controlled substances.
  2. Increase parental/guardian skills.
  3. Increase public awareness of the risks/harm of youth alcohol, controlled drug use, and Rx drug misuse.